Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pass the Lysol please!

I know that bad things usually come in 3's but this is ridiculous! Last Friday Lil Miss was diagnosed with the Flu, followed with me on Tuesday. She went back to school Wednesday and I spent the rest of the week forbidden to go to work and laid up in bed.

Finally today I woke up fever free and mildly achy as opposed to super achy all week. I thought to myself " Cool, now I can enjoy my weekend with my family out of bed." Today we went to the mall to have lunch at Fuddruckers, then to Target to pick up an FM transmitter for my hubby's iPhone. We came home and took a catnap. I'm still not 100% where my energy levels are concerned. At around 7 I picked up pizza, planning to play games with them tonight. When I came home from Little Cesars KB was in the bathroom complaining of stomach pain. She seemed ok after using the rest room and ate pizza and crazy bread... which she just finished throwing up moments ago.

See in 3's I tell you. Luckily no fever or body aches so I don't think it's the flu. It's probably just a tummy bug and I'm crossing ever apendage I have in hopes that the geyser also known as KB doesn't blow again tonight.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Get Popping!

Ugh, Today I was diagnosed with the flu and I'm being treated as if I have the H1N1 flu virus. I feel like I have been hit by a big rig, but life must go on. Don't you know Mom isn't aloud to get sick? Luckily Maia is back to her ornery self and has been fever free for 24 hours! I'm happy she can go back to school tomorrow and I can finally get some rest. I've been ordered to stay home until Monday which means I'm missing a whole week of work! I am trying so har to NOT think of the catch up I'll be playing when I go back on Monday. Think happy thoughts Melissa, happy happy happy.

Although I'm sick I still want to participate in the first ever National Family Game Night! I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago and tomorrow is the day. Break out your favorite board games, pop some popcorn and settle in for family fun. I probably wont go too crazy with the kids, but a game of Spongebob SORRY and Crazy Old Fish War must be played.

If you and yours participate in NFGN I'd love to hear about it and see pictures. You can email them to me at

I'm going to take my flu meds and hit the sack. I'm praying for a good nights sleep with little to no interruptions. One can dream right?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ugh! Stupid Internet connection, I loathe you at this moment as I type this post on my iPhone!

Today I am home from work because lil miss has the flu! We spent the better part of our Friday night at the pediatric after hours clinic. I initially thought she might have appendicitis because of her high fever and right side tummy pain. Luckily after throwing up several times the tummy pain went away. The poor Dr was so puzzled by my girl that he finally decided to swab her for flu, she tested positive. Since she has asthma and was vomiting the dr said she was at high risk for flu complications and prescribed Tamiflu right away. He also ordered 5 day house arrest and no contact with Grandma.

I'm happy to report she is on the mend. Still not fever free, but no vomiting or wheezing since Friday night.

On another note, our pediatrician up and moved without letting us know! She has treated both of my girls since they were babies. I don't know where she went, but I wish she would have reccommended a new pediatrician, at least!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Family Reunion pictures

The ride to Rankin was pretty dull and educational. I learned that there are NO pumpjack shortages in West Texas.
My adorable nephews J and X. Check out the spiffy t-shirts!
My MIL Gloria with my sister in law's two youngest kids Kristen and Derek, and Lil Miss. Yes, Baby D's shirt is on backwards.
My lil Miss taking a whack at SpongeBob!
Lil Miss with her cousins Aliza and X.
The two oldest grandkids, My KB and My neice Sam.
The water slide was a huge hit with the kids.
Our family picture, minus my husband and his youngest brother.
The long, ride home. Even though there wasn't much to see, I enjoyed looking out the window finding beauty in our little corner of Texas.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Reunited and it feels so good!

I hope everyone is having a great 3 day weekend. I wish I was thoroughly enjoying mine, but sadly I've been infected by some sort of sore throat, runny nose, slight fever bug. I've been keeping it at bay with mass amounts of over the counter drugs, because I cannot afford to miss work. I'm actually feeling much better than I did on Friday and Saturday so things are looking up.

Saturday we headed out of town for the Armendarez family reunion. The Armendarez side of the family is actually my husband's, stepfather's family. For being a "step" parent, my father in law is pretty great. He loves my husband and his brother and sister as if they were his, and treats all of our kids just like a grandpa should. My girls are very lucky to have him for thier PoPo. We knew having all of us at the reunion meant a lot to him so we loaded up the car and headed out of town to Rankin, TX. There was food, games, and lots of new family to meet. The men played washers while the women and children played bingo. They also had a huge blow up water slide for the kids to play on, and 2 pinatas for the kids to destroy. I took tons of pictures which I'll upload in another post after I finish editing them. We all had a blast and it was nice spending time with my inlaws. We don't get together enough these days!

When we came home from Rankin Saturday night I crashed out immediately! Thank God for my husband and Mom. They were such a big help with the kids while I got some much needed rest. I woke up around midnight to eat something, and fell back asleep.

Sunday was pretty uneventful. I went shopping with mom and the girls, at wal mart. (I loathe wal mart, especially when I have the kids with me. I wish target had groceries, that way I'd never have to step foot in Wal mart again. ) My husband headed out with his friends for their Sunday ritual, while I cleaned house. Mom cooked a yummy dinner of roasted garlic pork chops, salad, and baked potato caserole! It was really good, and even better becasue I didn't have to cook it. The kids went down easy for bed, and I cuddled with my husband on the couch watching a Lisa Lampinelli comedy special. I love hearing my husband laugh.

And today, despite feeling like crap, we had friends come over for burgers and homemade apple pie. I got out of bed around 10 and immediately fed the kids breakfast and started on grandma's pie. (It turned out amazing!) Our friends showed up around 2pm with their chubby baby girl Elizabeth. I haven't seen her since July so it was fun seeing how she's changed. We ate, watched netflix and just enjoyed eachothers company.

Tomorrow it's back to work and school. I have training first thing in the morning, and I'm praying that the kids do not give me a hard time getting up in the morning. I hope that everyone reading has enjoyed thier weekend. Despite not feeling good, it really has been a good weekend. Typing this up has helped me realize that. I hope the week goes by fast!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Are you ready for National Family Game Night?

Be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 23, so you can be a part of the first-ever National Family Game Night! On this day, Hasbro is encouraging families across America to spend an evening at home playing games together to reconnect and re-energize relationships.

A few weeks ago Hasbro was nice enough to send us a few of their new games to enjoy. SpongeBob SORRY!, Scrabble SLAM, and Crazy Old Fish War. With National Family Game Night just a couple weeks away I thought this the perfect time to post my review.

SpongeBob SORRY is a riot! It still has the competitive aspects of traditional SORRY and somuch more. Each card has new rules, for instance the 12 will tell you to move your lead pawn directly home. It's great. You can choose from 4 characters. Squidworth, SpongeBob, Patrick or Mr. Crab and their home on the game board is just like their home on the television show. My girls had a blast looking for all of the characters. I think your kids will too! If you give SpongeBob SORRY a chance, you won't be SORRY.

Scrabble SLAM to me was like the card game SPEED. Everyone agrees on a 4 letter word and just slams down one card at a time to change the word to another 4 letter word. I thought it might be hard for my 6 yr old, but she surprised me. Both kids had to think and really use thier spelling skills to play. Lil Miss was pulling out words like KIND, and SUCH. I was very impressed. KB pulled off some doozies too with TRIM, SLUM, and PINT. I enjoyed this game because while having fun with my kids, they were using thier minds and learning. I highly reccomend Scrabble SLAM. I'm sure it could be fun for adults with the unlimited 4 letter options, but this is a family blog for crying out loud ;)

Crazy Old Fish War was by far our favorite. Hasbro took 4 great card games and sandwiched them together to create this wonderful game. You have fish cards, mermaids and wild cards. The fish cards are colored and numbered. This is where crazy eights comes in. You have to play a card that matches the previously played card and if you do not have that color and fish, you can either play the same number to change the suit or throw down a wild Octopus 8. If you can't do either you may draw, or go fish by asking another player if they have a certain card. (Are you confused yet?) When you are down to your last card you have to yell out the name of any fish to let the other players you only have one card left. During play you may also use a Old Mermaid but be careful. Using this card means you can change the color, but you then have to draw 5 cards. Hardly seems fair! At any time a player can declare WAR with another player. When WAR is declared each player must throw down a card, and the highest number wins. THe winner puts thier card in the play pile and the loser returns thier card back to their hand and has to draw another card. If there is a tie, keep throwing down cards one by one until someone wins. If you have an Old Mermaid, it plays like an Ace in WAR and automatically wins the war. I know it probably sounds so confusing, but like I said, this is the favorite of my girls. My kids are 6 and 9 and both had no problem getting the hang of it. It's truly a fun game and my kids ask to play it all the time.

All three games are available at your Wal Mart, Target, Toys R Us, and online at

A huge thanks to Hasbro for sending us these wonderful games to play. Family game night is a fun activity my kids enjoy. They learn to lose without tears and win without gloating.

So save the date for the first every National Family Game Night. Dig out your favorite games ( or purchase some of the above), pop some popcorn and settle in for a night of family fun.

If you do join in on NFGN, I'd love to see pictures and hear all about it!

Third times a charm... I hope!

For starters, I have been trying to publish a new post for the past few days and my internet has been a real pain in the you know what! Thank goodness I have an iPhone, otherwise I would have been going through major FaceBook withdrawals. I really hope this post gets published!

I have been back to work for a few weeks now and although it has been crazy busy, I enjoy being back among my co workers. The kids started back last Monday August 24th and so far both of the girls love their teachers. KB has a male teacher this year and she thinks he's really funny. Lil Miss has this adorable teacher who is adorably short, but don't let her height fool you, she's a tough cookie and perfect for my Lil Miss! The pictures above are from the first day of school, the kids were up at 4:30 am! Yes, insanely early, but I know it was just first day excitement. All I had to do was fix Lil Miss's hair! My big girls did the rest.

Friday I turned 30. Work had me so busy I seriously came out of nowhere this year. The excitement really wasn't there but my wonderful husband fixed that when he took me shopping for my birthday present. A new flat screen and dvd player for the our bedroom with a 20th Anniversary collector's edition of the Princess Bride on DVD. What can I say, I love my man.
When I got to work Friday my desk was decorated with Happy 18th Birthday signs that I LOVED! I work with 65 other people and have nearly 600 kids at school who all took the time to wish me a Happy Birthday. My coworkers bought me lunch and just before noon and beautiful bouquet of flowers was delivered courtesy of my bosses and the Secretary.

Sadly on my birthday I ran over a screw and got a flat tire so my husband and the kids picked me up from work. Mom cooked dinner that night and afterwords Mike took me on date to the movies. We watched Halloween 2 ,(Not my choice but I rolled with it) it was gross, scary and the perfect reason to bury my face in my husbands chest. All in all it was a great birthday.

I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday, I'm beat and have a hot Ghost Hunters date with my husband tonight. Night!